PETER NYGÅRD TO HONOR OLYMPIANS

Fashion mogul and owner of Nygård Cay, Peter Nygård, knows what it takes to train for and compete in the grandest athletic stage, the Olympics, as he once represented Canada in the discipline of sailing. To this end, Nygård is standing by his word and is planning to pay out $15,000 to the 2008 Beijing Olympic medallists inclusive of “superman” Leevan Sands and the 4x400 meter relay team when they return home.

Olympic bronze medallist Sands, is expected to receive $5,000 while the team of anchor man Chris Brown, Andretti Bain, Michael Matthieu, Andrae Williams, Ramon Miller and Avard Moncur is expected to share $10,000. Being a former Olympic sailor, Nygård especially appreciates what it took for the Bahamians to secure relay and individual medals.

“The silver medal performance by the team was fantastic as well as the bronze medal win by Sands, so I am very anxious to hand out the awards to these very deserving athletes. I pledged to give out the awards based on individual performances, so the relay team will have to split the $10,000 while Sands gets the full $5,000,” he said. “I decided to increase the cash incentive this year. When Tonique Williams-Darling won the gold medal at the 2004 Olympic Games I awarded her $5,000,” explained the fashion mogul.

By DAHALIA SMITH
The Nassau Guardian